• The History of Sexuality, Vol. 1

  • An Introduction
  • By: Michel Foucault
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 5 hrs and 11 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (167 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Why has there been such an explosion of discussion about sex in the West since the 17th century? Here, one of France's greatest intellectuals explores the evolving social, economic, and political forces that have shaped our attitudes toward sex. In a book that is at once controversial and seductive, Michel Foucault describes how we are in the process of making a science of sex which is devoted to the analysis of desire, rather than the increase of pleasure.

©1976 Editions Gallimard; English translation copyright 1978 by Random House, Inc. (P)2016 Tantor

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Grateful for Foucault on Audible!

I loved the storying of this historical account: Foucault starts with a global perspective of his analytics then sifts through the minutiae, finalizing with a summary not without humor. I am eager to listen to it all again. I slowed down the audio to .85x the original speed so I could absorb the thick descriptions.

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Incisive production

Great production. Please consider producing Volumes 2 and 3 of this History of Sexuality work.

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The first few minutes were promising

But it very quickly devolved into multi syllabic prattle for it's own sake. Returned it.

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Read before get married

Excellent explanation of how capitalism got their hands on such private matter as sex. Mind blowing.

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Essential Foucault

A cornerstone of Foucault's style of historical philosophical criticism. Dense yet accessible, self-aware, provocative.

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A great listen for artists

The recording is a little choppy at times and I become confused with the idea that is being explained for this. Foucault describes his thoughts thoroughly but I listened through the book a second time and understand the overall work much better. This will need a third listen all the same. A friend of mine was reading this before Audible existed and mentioned how difficult this was. Great material to include in a project thanks to Audible.